Celebrating visual art of the human form / Célébrer l’art visuel de la forme humaine

2015 Call for Artists

Figureworks.org is a not-for-profit organization promoting art of the human form. Figureworks.org is calling artists in all media to participate in its fifth annual juried award show from November 23 until December 6, 2015 at Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Submission Guidelines


The submission deadline is October 5, 2015. Submissions arriving after the October 5 deadline or without payment will not be accepted, no exceptions.

Submission Details:

Electronic Submission

Electronic submission (see below) and online payment via paypal are primary means of submission for Figureworks this year.

Image submissions seen to include a high quality image 1-2 MB in size that is a minimum of 1280 pixels wide. Here is a video from Saatchi Online on how to photograph your artwork.

Alternate Submission

Should electronic submission not be possible you may make arrangements submit via mail. Please email submissions@figureworks.org with your request.

Artists unable to create an electronic file or appropriate quality photograph of their work can ask Hilde Lambrechts for help, in exchange for a donation to Figureworks.

Finalists Selection Process

Artists will be notified of the jury decision by e-mail.


The jury will make its final selections for the show and prizes at the Shenkman Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Ottawa on November 14 2015. Artists are asked to bring their selected work to the Art Ottawa East (AOE) office on the Centre's main floor (near the entrance) between 9:00 and 10.30 a.m. Work must be picked up between 5:00 and 6.30 p.m. that day. Artists not residing in Ottawa who are unable to present their work on that day are asked to contact Hilde Lambrechts for another delivery date.

International Shipments

International shipments should be sent to:

Hilde Lambrechts
100 Rothwell Drive
Ottawa, ON K1J8L9

They must arrive no later than Oct 30 2015.

The shipment must include a proforma invoice stating the name, address, phone and email of both the sender and receiver, the title of the artwork, the year it was produced, the materials used, the size of the art work, the gross and net weight of the package, the selling price as well as the value for insurance purposes. The artist should state in which country the materials were bought and the work was produced.

To avoid custom payments the artist needs to contact the customs agency in the country of origin and send the necessary customs forms with their shipment. This may include a temporary export permit and an art declaration.

Artists must pay for the return shipment and include the necessary documents to do so. Most convenient is to open an account with Fedex, and include the return shipment documents with your Fedex account number and return address.

2015 Jury

About Katherine McNenly

Katherine McNenly is a painter in the Naturalistic tradition. She is a graduate of Fine Arts from York University and spent her formative years studying in the studio of the renowned portrait artist and teacher, John Angel, in Toronto. She attended the atelier Cecil-Graves in Florence, Italy in 1990 and has participated in workshops at the Grand Central Academy in New York. She has been featured in the International Artist Magazine and was a finalist in their 2009 Still Life Competition. She has been a finalist in the Canadian Portrait Society's Annual Competition, The Kingston Prize and in the Portrait Society of America's International Portrait Competition 2012, where she received an Honour Award. Her work is in private collections across Canada, the United States and Europe.

About Shahla Bahrami

Award winning mixed media artist Shahla Bahrami studied Sculpture and Persian Miniature in Iran and holds a Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts from the Université du Québec (Hull). She is the recipient of numerous grants, including the Ontario Arts Council, National Bank of Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is a founding member and director of Le Centre d'artistes Voix Visuelle and an experienced jury member for the Ontario Council of the Arts, the City of Ottawa, the Canada Council of the arts amongst others.

Her art is nourished by her observation and reflection on the political violence in society and draws on both her oriental heritage and acquired occidental experience. It has been shown in both solo and group exhibition throughout Ontario and Quebec, as well as in France, Colombia, Ireland, South-Korea. Her work is in collections of The City of Ottawa, Loto-Québec and the National Bank of Canada.

About Joël A. Prévost

Montréal-based artist Joël A. Prévost's approach centers primarily on the polymorphic representation of the body in clay and the application of the golden ration to nature-inspired works. At the Atelier de Sculpture du Village, which he founded in Montréal, Joël A. Prévost teaches sculpture using live models to students at different levels, in particular 3D designers, seeking to perfect their skills in rendering the human body. He is represented by Les Galeries d'art Beauchamp et Beauchamp (Toronto, Québec City, Baie-Saint- Paul). His works are found in numerous private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, France, New Zealand, Australia and China.

Important dates:

October 5, 2015 Electronic submission deadline
November 2, 2015 Notification of jury's first round decision by e-mail.
November 14, 2015 Delivery of selected works to the AOE office, 9:00 to 10.30 a.m., pick up from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
November 23 Delivery of accepted works to the Kildare Room at Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please be on time. The show will be set up between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m.
November 24, 2015 Vernissage from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., prize winners announced at 7.30 pm.
December 6, 2015 Pick-up art works at Saint Brigid's from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Contact information:

For PR and Communications: communications@figureworks.org

For technical issues: website@figureworks.org

For all other inquires please contact Hilde Lambrechts at hilde@figureworks.org or by phone at 613.741.7646